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HEALTH INFORMATION

Research line in Health information systems

The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the health system as a set of fundamental blocks that operate in an interrelated way to improve the health of the population, reduce health gaps and achieve social protection in health. 

Information is one of these fundamental blocks that, ideally, should incorporate in truthful and timely manner indicators on the determinants of health, the health status of the population, and the performance of the health system. 

This through an integrated system that serves as an interrelation link between all the components and, which is used for decision-making at all levels of the health system organization. The sources of health information go beyond the borders of the health sector, mainly in the domain of health determinants. 

This is because most of the determinants of health are generated in other sectors, such as social, labor, and environmental, to name a few. Likewise, the demographic characteristics of the population are captured through the population and housing censuses. Information on other specific aspects related to determining health risk factors can be generated through population surveys. 

Information systems for the administration of health services in institutions are, in turn, another source of information system data. the demographic characteristics of the population are captured through the population and housing censuses. 

Information on other specific aspects related to the determination of health risk factors can be generated through population surveys. Information systems for the administration of health services in institutions are, in turn, another source of information system data. the demographic characteristics of the population are captured through the population and housing censuses. 

Information on other specific aspects related to the determination of health risk factors can be generated through population surveys. Information systems for the administration of health services in institutions are, in turn, another source of information system data.

The health information system could be described as the set of subsystems, inside and outside the health sector, that produce relevant data for the construction of indicators in the domains of health information: Determinants of health, the health status of the population, and the performance of the health system. In this context, the sources could be classified as population or administrative. 

As its name indicates, the population groups provide us with information on the entire population in a country. In contrast, the administrative ones only provide information on people who have contact with the health system and the health system’s activities themselves. 

Also, the sources can be classified as routine or periodic. Routine sources of information have to do with data generated by the institutions of the health system, such as epidemiological surveillance, but also others outside the health sector, such as environmental monitoring. 

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